Bil Browning

Your WTF moment of the day

Filed By Bil Browning | September 20, 2010 4:00 PM | comments

Filed in: Living
Tags: David Crockett High School, extracurricular activity, homecoming queen, Jonesborough, Tennessee

After a male student decided to run for Homecoming Queen at David Crockett High School in Jonesborough, Tennessee, students and parents held a prayer vigil outside of the school. The local yokels reaction would be laughable if it weren't for the feelings of the poor student who ran; after all, what does it do to the psyche to have your classmates hold a demonstration outside of your school because you tried to participate in an extracurricular activity?

I'd say shame on the parents for urging this on and participating, but, clearly, they have no shame.

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But ya gotta admit the bravery of this rural student is exceptional. He's a pioneer- just like Davy Crockett!

Did you seriously believe that a male student running for homecoming queen at David Crockett High School in Jonesborough, Tennessee was going to be quietly accepted by his peers?

What did you expect was going to happen? His actions and the reactions he received were totally predictable in my book.

Let's get real: there are huge cultural differences between rural, suburban and cosmopolitan communities in the U.S.

And unless the "local yokels" were disrupting school activities, they had just as much right to practice their First Amendment right to free speech as anyone living in any urban area.

In 'Ugly Betty,' Justin got elected homecoming queen without even running. One of my all-time favorite sitcom episodes.

I don't recall anyone saying that the protesters should be muzzled, just that they should know better. After all, it's free speech to say that a rising tide should lift all boats, and it's free speech to say that we should sink the boats of those filthy [insert hated minority here], but one of them is admirable use of one's free speech rights, and the other is a tragic waste of those same rights. Yes, we have the right to advocate trampling on other people's rights, but that doesn't make it, erm, RIGHT.

So what is the WTF moment here?

A male student runs for Homecoming queen. Nothing is said about sexual orientation or gender identity but a bunch of right winger religious nuts jobs hold a demonstration........

And a rural school administration takes the exact right reaction and both lets the demonstration (reserving the right to discipline afterwards for disruption) AND the male student to run without interfering.....

Yawn, move along, nothing to see here but progress in a rural school administration.